World Buskers Festival

REVIEW: Nothing But Stand Up: The Gents


Warning: attending Nothing But Stand Up: The Gents (part of the SCIRT World Buskers Festival) may result in a sore face from sustained uncontrollable laughter and subsequent giggling fits at random intervals for days to come.  It is a journey though memories of huffing raro as a kiwi kid, out swimming with quality porpoises and down a river of sh*t that will make you laugh your face off.

Jeremy Elwood, at the helm as MC, is joined by homegrown talent Nick Rado, beer drinking Aussie David Quirk and suave Stuart Goldsmith from the UK.  Nick Rado was a highlight and you will probably think of him next time you go to yoga (hopefully you will be in child's pose so no one will see you laughing).  David Quirk was totes hilar…(rious - if you require the full word).  Immensely pleased he has never tried to sell me anything. Stuart Goldsmith gets a little romantic, in the very, very loosest sense of the word possible.

Without exception (from memory), each gentleman clarified his relationship status as "in a relationship".  Unsure whether this was an attempt to stop a line of comedy groupies from forming outside the tent after the show or to clear up any lingering doubt that funny is sexy too.  Either way, we all learned that its safe to assume if you date a comedian - they will Taylor Swift you.  To hilarious effect.

It takes an exceptionally brave person to stand in front of a crowd and try to make people laugh, and an exceptionally talented person who can actually do it, particularly with zero awkward silences.  It's one of those activities that a lot of people who fancy themselves as being a bit of a laugh think they would be great at, underestimating the difficulty of it.  There is an art to stand up and these guys are definitely gifted artists because they make it look effortless (and only awkward when its deliberate).

Maybe this is common knowledge and we were just in the dark, but the jokes are put aside for a short speech before the last funny dude regarding the giving of a donation on your way out.  Suggest you take cash so you don't spend all of said dude's performance worrying whether you still have that $5 in your purse and whether you will be judged for only having $5 (they clearly specify that they will be holding the buckets). Luckily the cash was located, it was only $5, so I threw it in, mumbling "thanks…hilarious" with fear in my eyes.  They were very gracious, so don't worry about getting roasted on the way out, but it really was worth much more than that so go on, take a twenty anyway.  (Hopefully I just redeemed myself.)

Basically, expect wave upon wave of hilarity and try not take a drink pre-joke (they come thick and fast so best to save it for the changeover period when people are tagging in/out), unless the person in front of you won't mind wearing it.  It really is that funny.

The lesson here is, you never know when you are dealing with a comedian looking for material, so be on your best behaviour…and if you are wondering if that shop assistant just said what you think they said, they probably did.

Reviewed by: We Built This City

REVIEW: Nothing But Stand Up: The Gents